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Zoning Inspector

Zoning Inspector

Zoning Inspector 

Main Topic: Places and Regions
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society 

Overview: Zoning inspectors, also known as zoning officers, are responsible for interpreting and enforcing property zoning regulations and requirements on behalf of the municipal or regional planning, zoning, and land use departments. They must ensure that new development and on-going land occupancy conforms to any applicable regulations regarding land use and zoning, drainage and storm water management, special flood hazard areas and nuisance abatement. The educational requirements for becoming a zoning inspector may vary by municipality, although you are typically required to have at least an associate’s degree or a college diploma from a two-year college or technical school in building construction, urban planning, architecture or a related field. Some duties may include: Maintain accurate and complete zoning inspection reportsPrepare zoning inspection reportPrepare and process zoning violation lettersInvestigate and resolve citizen claims of possible zoning violationsReview legal descriptions, land title documents and plot appropriate information on mapsPerform photo research to gather information regarding correct legal description of propertyWrite and issue permits in accordance with the zoning ordinancesDetermine land use compliance and legal accessibility and maintain accurate land use maps. 

Geographers at work: Physical Geographers, Human Geographers 

Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Management, Quantitative Methods, Human Geography, Regional Geography, Qualitative Methods 

Skills: Regional Planning, Environmental Management 

Occupation Group: Construction and Extraction

Learn more about Zoning Inspectors from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/construction-and-building-inspectors.htm#tab-2

Written by Christopher Hinojosa